It feels like we’ve blinked and it’s already Christmas again. And this time, you or someone you care about is pregnant. If you’re checking out this blogpost, then chances are, you’re looking for some gift inspiration.
But what do you get a pregnant individual who is most likely already going to be having a baby shower?
Nothing for the baby.
I know, bold move. But stay with me here.
Obviously, we suggest getting the mother-to-be whatever she asks for. If she wants a box of diapers or a car seat, then do it. But if baby’s needs are likely to be met and no requests have been made, then chances are that mom is already beginning to learn what it is to put herself on the back burner.
It’s to be expected, right?
Not on our watch!
So put on your cape and pull open your Amazon app. Here are the top 10 Amazon gifts (under $20) that we recommend:
Lavender-because you know sleep is hard to come by during pregnancy.
And milk-because that skin isn’t going to pamper itself.
It’s no secret that moms tend to put themselves last. In this inspiring book that helps you kick a little self-butt, women are encouraged to accept and care for the women they ARE, not the woman they think they should be.
Considering that the average caucasian pregnant woman will increase her blood volume by just under 50%, water consumption is a big health factor. It’s not uncommon to get sick of the taste. These fruit infusers are a lifesaver!
Is there anything as comfy as a hooded sweatshirt in the wintertime? I love that this one can be enjoyed throughout the entire pregnancy and postpartum! My daddy would’ve called that an “investment”. You’re welcome.
5. Hey Mama Mug
When practicality meets style! This mug sends a greeting to your favorite mama with every sip she takes. The bright colors ensure she won’t miss it in her sleepless fog.
Is your pregnant loved one ready for the postpartum hair chop? It’s a rite of passage. But if they feel compelled to skip it, treat them to these fancy things. These accessories function as both hair ties and bracelets.
Pregnancy is a time of glowing unsolicited advice. Chances are, mom-to-be will appreciate some actual shades while shading her critics on the down-low.
Comfort should be a top priority for pregnant women. These house slippers will keep her feet toasty in style. Not to mention, ain’t nobody got time for laces when you can’t even see your toes.
If you don’t have kids, I’m going to let you in on a sad reality. Your mama-to-be’s dangly earring days are numbered. Pretty soon she’ll be holding an adorable baby that will quickly realize that mommy’s ears are adorned with the most fascinating playthings. Help Mama live it up while she can and gift her this season’s trendiest earrings. She’s still wild at heart.
Last but not least, inspirational jewelry. Giving birth is no small feat. And it’s not like the journey ends there. Then you have to actually raise the baby! Mantras like “She believed she could, so she did” are often utilized in preparation for childbirth. Jewelry is particularly helpful because of its mobility.
And remember, if you’re ever in search of in-person support for your gestating loved ones, Utah Doulas and Company offers gift certificates. We’d love to help.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
But.....how does that work when you might not exactly feel wonderful? How you feel from day to day of your pregnancy isn't exactly predictable. Throw in the exciting chaos of the holiday season, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. To get you through the end of the year with as much peace as possible, Your Utah Doulas has a handy little acronym to share: CHEER.
1. Cool Your Expectations
If you begin to notice that you're struggling to keep up, stay rested, or enjoy the holidays, then it's time to slow down. Your body is doing the hard work of growing your sweet baby. Cut yourself some slack. You can always reassess and adjust later.
2. Help Avoid Problems With Clarity
It's easy for moms to put their personal needs aside and focus on the people around them. But doing so, especially in moments of high activity, can cause more trouble than it solves. Be honest with yourself about what you're needs are. And then communicate those clearly to the people around you. "That won't work for me" is a great line to keep in your back pocket.
3. Embrace a Handful of Activities
Now just because you're lowering the bar, doesn't mean that you need to give up the activities that you love. It just means that you have the opportunity to be choosy. If you're on bedrest of any sort, take some time to plan out small and meaningful activities to brighten your Christmas. You may not be able to go running through the snow, but you can definitely cut out and string paper snowflakes!
4. Enjoy the Moment
It can be hard to keep your mind focused on what you're doing in any given. Mindfulness is key. Take the time to stop and tap into the moment. Feel the soft blanket on your lap. Hear the music playing in the background. Taste the tea in your mug. Savor the moment. Doing so will not only help rejuvenate you, but will let you commit these moments to memory.
5. Reach Out to Family and Friends
Sometimes being pregnant is hard. We understand. That's why it's so important to have a network of people you can reach out to. Ask for a friend to take your older children to the neighborhood Christmas party. Let your significant other know you need them to stop and pick up premade frosting and sugar cookies. Call your sister and have her add the last few gifts into her shopping cart at Target, and then have her sit on the couch with you and eat the badly decorated cookies from the night before. You don't have to figure it all out alone.
Pregnancy can be a magical and thrilling time. It can also be hard and lonely. Please take care of yourself this holiday season. You're doing better than you know!
From our hearts here at Your Utah Doulas to you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Maura + Kasaundra